Brancaia Tre 2007
Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
#10 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009
Brancaia TRE is a wine full of character giving you drinking pleasure already at the moment of release. The carefully selected grapes are from our three estates Brancaia, Poppi and our estate in the Maremma: Brancaia in Maremma. The blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon is aged for 12 months in Tonneaux.
Wine Spectator - "There's wonderful intensity of fruit in this wine, with crushed raspberry and blackberry and hints of coffee and fresh flowers. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, soft-textured finish that shows loads of fruit. Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best after 2010."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2007 Tre is absolutely beautiful in this vintage. Soft, supple tannins frame expressive dark fruit, flowers, grilled herbs and spices. The wine blossoms in the glass, showing wonderful freshness and clarity to match the richness of the fruit. Floral notes add a sense of lift on the long, round finish. The 2007 Tre is one of the standouts of the vintage in its price range. As the name implies, Tre is a blend of three varieties; Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2017. "
La Brancaia, encompassing the two estates Brancaia and Poppi, has been owned by the Swiss couple Brigitte and Bruno Widmer since 1981. It is located in the heart of the Chianti Classico area and saw a vertical take-off when it's vintage 1983 won first place at a major Chianti Classico tasting. Since then, through uncompromising dedication to quality and a strong own identity, the continuous recognition of BRANCAIA was built up - spearheaded by the estates top-wine Brancaia IL BLU, being already a classic for many wine lovers all over the world. The wines come from a state-of-the-art cellar. The estate is managed by the oenologist and daughter of the owners, Barbara Kronenberg-Widmer, together with her husband Martin Kronenberg. They enjoy consulting support by the brilliant oenologist Dr. Carlo Ferrini. La Brancaia is one of Tuscany's top wine-growing estates, winning national and international awards every year. Its wines are sold - and bought - all over the world. View all Brancaia Wines
About TuscanyView a map of Tuscany wineries (TUSS-can-ee) Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this varietal, but a growing trend, started by the renegade winemakers of those Super Tuscans, is to incorporate more international varietals.
Notable FactsThe most well known sub-districts of Tuscany are Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (note that Montepulciano here refers to the local village, not the grape variety found in the Italian region of Abruzzi). Wine labeled from these regions is DOC-regulated and Sangiovese-based blends. Quality wine from these DOC areas has been on the rise for decades, with top-notch winemakers and wineries shedding the low-quality image once held for Tuscan wine by producing consistently outstanding bottlings that range from deliciously drinkable to highly ageable. Newer to the scene are regions like Bohlgeri and the Maremma, home to of what are now termed "Super-Tuscans," named for the wine coming from the Tuscany area, but not following all of the DOC or DOCG laws required in Italy. In the 1970's, some pioneer winemakers began buying land outside of Chianti and Montalcino, and planting not only Sangiovese, but also international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The wine they produced only fit into the lowest Italian category of "vina da tavola," but the winemakers sold the wine for high prices, creating an almost cult following, and spurning a new wine category called IGT.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review44 out of 5 stars
10 ratings, 9 with reviewsKim Wooding - Springfield, VA35/1/2010Bob Corcoran - Medford, MA312/15/2011I'm going to try another bottle of this - must admit to being underwhelmed drinking the one I had - not even in the same league as Frescobaldi's 2007 Tenuta Di CastiglioniGuilherme Carnicelli - Milford, CT55/5/2011
Excelent wine, almost impossible to find something like this one with this price.John Frost - Jacksonville, FL512/30/2010All were impressed at an italian wine tasting party. If you can still find this vintage, buy it! Full of flavor with a very nice, long finish.Santos - Eagle Pass, TX45/11/2010Good wine, great valuewilliam glickauf - Lake Zurich, IL32/10/2010good wine for the $$$22/12/2010Not very good. No way this is a 93.....bonus vinum bonus vitum - Missoula, MT42/26/2010Very drinkable wine, and an outstanding bargain at the price. As others have said, I can only assume WS ranked it a top 10 on the price/quality ratio. Red berries, coffee, nice soft tannins. Medium length finish. A solid 89, worthy of 1.5-2 times the price.32/18/2010Good for the price and a smooth and drinkable wine. I would rate it 90 points tops. Needs a year or so in the bottle.32/9/2010Was disappointing but will have another one soon to see if it improved. Overall, medium body relatively short finish, reasobale nose but to lean for my tatste
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